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Forgotten Ruin: An Epic Military Fantasy Thriller Kindle Edition
Tolkien meets Shock and Awe
Orcs. Trolls. Wraith riders. Dark wizards. Together, they form an unstoppable force. Or so they thought.
Dark Army… meet the U.S. Army Rangers.
When a Joint Task Force of elite Rangers are transported to a strange and fantastic future where science and evolution have incarnated the evils of myth and legend, they find themselves surrounded, pinned down, and in a desperate fight for their very survival—against nightmares of flesh and blood made real. Which means only one thing.
It’s time to Ranger Up and stack bodies.
The forces of evil have no idea how dangerous a Ranger has been trained to be, and once the action starts, it won’t let up in this no-holds-barred, full-auto, epic battle for survival in the Forgotten Ruin.
From the creators of Galaxy's Edge...
Buy in, and jock up for this thrilling WarGate adventure. A battle unlike any other is calling.
"In Forgotten Ruin we feel terror and wonder in equal measure. I cheered with Rangers when they won, and cried with them when they lost a friend." - Ben Espen, With Both Hands
★★★★★ "If you like Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones this is what you need to feed your book loving soul."★★★★★ "I enjoy fantasy stories like LOTR (elves, orcs, etc.). And I enjoy military sci-fi. I never thought the two would intertwine....this story does it and it's great."
★★★★★ "If you've ever watched a fantasy movie and thought, 'This would be a lot different if someone had a light machine gun,' well, sir, have I got a book for you..."
★★★★★ "Freaking awesome."
★★★★★ "Could not put it down."
★★★★★ "This is the story that needs a table top RPG!"
- ASIN : B08R6KGWF4
- Publisher : WarGate Books (March 1, 2021)
- Publication date : March 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2272 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 445 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,607 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was hooked on this book from the first page and finished it in two days on eBook. Before I even finished the book, I ordered the paperback because I knew I was going to want to start a collection of the whole series.
The style works for me; for others not so much according to many a review I've seen. The main character goes on 'rants' for lack of a better term, but I think it works with how the narrative is being presented. The book isn't being written as a straightforward action novel, but as a retelling of something the main character has lived through. The story is told in a way someone would relate a story to you, backtracking to add more details when needed, jumping to a different story that ties back in with the main one that's being told, etc. All in all, I can't recommend "Forgotten Ruin" enough.
I am not, however a fan of fantasy fiction and D&D. And that aspect did not sit well with me. (In trouble? Rely on magic.)
The book does remind me of the old ‘Janissaries’ classic SciFi trilogy, by the incomparable Jerry Pournelle. There, the Army unit wound up fighting space aliens – a more reasonable foe, in my mind.
But came close to losing my attention in the first 1/3 of the book, which was filled with some by-the-book military action and maneuvers. And I'm a HUGE action-adventure reader!
With all due respect to the two writers, this had a great concept, but it was too wordy, too many underdeveloped characters, and the action sequences were not personal enough, mostly. Just a ranger team going through their movements. After 75% thru, I was thrown out of the story and speed-read the final 25%.
There was some great things in this book. But like other series such as this - The Lost Regiment & The Destroyermen series - ALL are bogged down with too many characters and their minutiae. The two authors threw in too many fantasy tropes n one book. After a while, it started to feel 'by-the-numbers' fantasy tropes, ie, just about everything used in LOTR.
Which is fine, if you don't cram too much down the readers throat.
Too bad. I like the concept of a Special Forces group lost in a fantasy world more than the more recent tries in the last 20 years or so, ie, those done by William Forstchen & Taylor Anderson. Much rather read about Rangers & Green Berets battling dragons and orcs than Navy men and/or 1800s soldiers.
Oh, well. Being a reader of over half a century, it still surprises me that I can't find a writer - or writers - that can pen a book or series like this and blow me away. I read authors that have the goods, know their technical aspects of military combat knowledge, and write superior action set pieces, but alas, they just aren't attempting this genre. Too bad.
Bottom line: although these writers are knowledgeable about the military mind and tactics, personally to me, doth does that knowledge make a truly great sci-f/fantasy novel.
Top reviews from other countries
This book could have been written in half as many words and still got the story across to satisfy the most detail oriented reader
The problem is the story is good, really good, it is just so ponderous. The characters are great, the story well thought out, the concept just different enough to be engaging.
It is a pity, because I want to know how it turns out, I just cannot bring myself to put in the excessive time and effort to find out